On May 16, 2016, The 16th Congress, Senate of the Philippines issued a public hearing about the May 9, 2016, election for inquiries, update, and report, especially on the following agenda:
- Inquiry on the 2,363 Voting Counting Machines (VCMs) that malfunctioned nationwide;
- Problems in the transmission of results from the VCMs to the Municipal and City Board of Canvassers;
- Tweaking of the script alleged by the Camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Jr. and confirmed by COMELEC Chair Andres D. Bautista;
- Accommodation of the Smartmatic personnel in Novotel; and
- Other Issues affecting the Elections.
Unfortunately, the hearing didn’t push through; Smartmatic informed the Senate that they cannot attend the JCOC-AES Senate hearing.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bongbong Marcos released a statement, “With the hearing intending to clarify the alteration of the script in the transparency server, which impacts significantly on the sanctity and integrity of the electoral system” Marcos said.
“Smartmatic officials owe the public a clearer explanation, rather than a cursory excuse, why they can’t participate and not attend yesterday’s senate investigation on the matter.” he added.